Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Prom’ Film Shuts Down Production Over Coronavirus Concerns

As the world reels in reaction to the ever-expanding coronavirus and nations like Italy and Iran grind to a halt, The Prom is being called off, for now

The Ryan Murphy helmed feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical has shut down production on the Paramount lot and a planned location shoot today at a local school was axed, I’ve learned. The move for the Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman-led Netflix film comes out of “an abundance of caution,” a source close to the movie says.

“No one has the coronavirus, this is just being prudent with everything that is going on around the world,” another individual with knowledge of the situation stresses. Already in the process of loading out at Paramount, The Prom was set to be wrapped in the next few days anyway. Today’s on-location filming went down as permits were pulled due to the school in question closing its doors altogether due to coronavirus worries that have seen a number of education institutions shutter.

As well as the revelation that Tom Hank and Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia, the decision comes just hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom advised that gatherings of over 250 people in the state should be canceled or pushed back.

This morning concerns over the coronavirus pushed Universal TV to hit the pause button on a second season of Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne, for Netflix, Season 2 of AppleTV+’s anthology Little America and Season 1 of the Ed Helms-led Rutherford Falls for Peacock

In terms of The Prom, the plan right now is for work to resume in mid-April, though that could depend on the way COVID-19 spreads in the coming weeks around the world and in L.A. This will also likely impact production on Impeachment, as Murphy was set to shift from the feature to the last installment of FX’s American Crime Story franchise.

Suspending production on the James Corden Keegan-Michael Key, and Andrew Rannells co-starring also follows the completion a while ago of Ian Brennan and Murphy’s upcoming Hollywood series for the streamer. On his slate, along with a second season of The Politician and Ratched, the sweeping look at post-WWII Tinseltown is set to drop on May 1.

The way things are going, there might be a lot more of us staying in and binge watching by then.

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